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Coming to England v. Australia?

Posted: 2 August 2019

The Second Test Match of the Specsavers Ashes Test Series IS HERE!

We hope this page provides you with the necessary information to make the most of your day with us.

match day timings

8.30am Gates open for MCC Members
8.45am Gates open for accompanied MCC Members, Rover ticket-holders and unaccompanied Rover ticket holders
9am Public ticket holders
11.00am Play commences 
1.00pm Lunch interval (40-minute break)
4.10pm Tea interval (20-minute break)
6:30 pm Scheduled close of play (plus an additional half an hour if required)The Ground is likely to be very busy shortly before the start of the match. Please arrive at the Ground as early as possible in order to ensure you are settled in your seat before the first ball!

prospects of play

MCC's dedicated Prospects of Play phone line can be called before travelling to the Ground. The number to call is: 020 7616 8603

Ticket collection

If you have purchased tickets for collection at Lord's on the day of the match, you can collect your tickets from the East Gate Ticket Collection Point, from 9.00am onwards.


While there is no reason to believe that there is a specific threat to Lord’s, additional searches will be carried out on all visitors to the Ground so please allow extra time to pass through these vital checks.


St John's Wood is the closest tube station, a five-minute walk away. However, it is extremely busy during a match day, and fans are encouraged to use Baker Street station, a 10-15-minute walk away.

If you are arriving via London's public transport system, it is worth checking on the TfL website before you travel.

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If you're planning to come to Lord's by car, then please note that there are restrictions on parking in non-residents' parking on weekends as well as weekdays in the immediate area surrounding Lord's.

More information on where to park near the Ground is available on the FAQs section of this site, including details of how to pre-book at a car park local to Lord's.

Food and drink

From eating at our popular Food Village or WG's, to enjoying a refreshing beverage at Dark's Bar or Definition Wine Bar, there is something for everyone with our wide variety of options.

Visitors may also bring their own food and drink to Lord's, with spectators aged 18 and over allowed to bring alcoholic drinks into the Ground in one of the following descriptions and quantities:

(i) one bottle of wine or Champagne (max. 750ml); or
(ii) two cans/bottles of beer/cider (max. 500ml each); or
(iii) two cans of premixed aperitifs (max. 330ml each).

Bottles of spirits or fortified wines will not be allowed into the Ground.

Cashless Payments

In order to speed up customer service at our shops, bars and food outlets, many tills only take card payments, including contactless payments.

All public bars are cashless during Test matches and T20 Vitality Blast nights at Lord's.

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If you're fully prepared and are bringing your own picnic to Lord's, then there are plenty of spots around the Ground to tuck into your food during the intervals.

Popular spots are the Coronation Garden behind the Warner Stand and on the Nursery Ground next to the Food Village – but make sure you plan in advance, as these areas are extremely popular!


Free WiFi is available around the ground via The Cloud. To sign up, connect to the service through your device and follow the instructions to register.

Ruth StrAuss Foundation

On Thursday 15th August, Lord’s will be turning red for day two of the second Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

Lord’s will be supporting the Ruth Strauss Foundation, by turning the ground red, with players from both sides wearing special commemorative shirts including Ruth Strauss Foundation logo, red caps and red numbers on the back of their playing shirts.

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The Band of the Welsh Guards

During the interval on Day 3 of the Test, the Band of the Welsh Guards will be performing on pitch in front of the sold out Home of Cricket.

The band was formed over a century ago with their first instruments presented by the City of Cardiff, an act that enabled the band to carry out its first King’s Guard Mounting on St. David’s Day in 1916. The musicians are drawn from all over the United Kingdom and are permanently based in London, where they can regularly be seen at the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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If you fancy taking home a memento from your day at the Home of Cricket, the main Lord's Shop is located at the East Gate. Alternatively, check out some of what's on offer online today.


Book signings will take place outside the main retail store by the East Gate across the first four days.

Day One:
Lunch - Shane Warne
Tea - Simon Hughes

Day Two:
Lunch - Mike Brearley
Tea - Graeme Fowler

Day Three:
Lunch - David Lloyd
Tea - Vic Mark

Day Four:
Lunch - Monty Panesar
Tea - Derek Pringle

MCC Museum

The MCC Museum is one of the finest sporting museums in the world, and entry is FREE for all ticket holders during the match.

If the great British weather intervenes, or if you fancy a moment away from the action, head to the back of the Pavilion to see our new exhibitions; Tours and Tournaments Part 2 and the Media Centre.


Scrub up your cricket skills and head over to the Nursery Ground to take part in some fun cricket activities.

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Happy to help!

Look out for our Happy to Help volunteers, the Lord's Outfielders, who're on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you have.

They're easy to spot, resplendent in their red jackets!

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